I've tried to teach my girlfriend Civ3, but was unsuccessful. Then I thought it might be better to learn her Civ1, and then let her make the step from Civ1 to Civ3. Of course then I played a game of Civ1 myself...and it's still addictive! But I'm beginning to think that those simply "awkward" graphics of Civ1 does the trick. Nowaways all the new games should be as beautiful as possible, but why? The function of the graphics shouldn't be to be as beautiful as possible, but should be clear and..."nice". (Tough to explain.) Think of it as comics: the fact that comics are better than real photo's is the same reason that "old" graphics are better than "beatiful" new ones. Coming back to Civ: don't you think that Civ3 with Civ1 graphics would be more addictive?